10 Easy Chicken Recipes to Get Dinner Done

10 Easy Chicken Recipes to Get Dinner Done

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Sheela Fiorenzo
Jun 13, 2018
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Every day brings around the same question: What's for dinner? There can be moments when attempting to answer this question can feel daunting. Luckily, there's good ol' chicken, which will forever be endlessly adaptable and the cure when dinner's not looking feasible.

These 10 recipes are nice and easy, many coming straight out of one skillet or pan, ensuring that no matter how busy you are, a good meal is very close to being on the table.

1. Easy Bruschetta Chicken

Halving the chicken breasts horizontally is the key to ensuring the meat cooks up in under 10 minutes. That means it's worth already having the juicy tomato topping ready so dinner is a go once the chicken is done.

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2. Easy Crispy Chicken Carnitas

The obvious use for carnitas is tacos, but don't let that limit you. The juicy yet crispy chicken is also great on salads or chopped up and stuffed into a quesadilla.

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3. Easy Jalapeño Grilled Chicken

This grilled marinated chicken has just a kiss of spice to ensure it pleases the whole family. If you prefer to kick up the heat, feel free to leave the seeds and membranes in the jalapeños.

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4. Honey Harissa Chicken and Chickpeas

While it's nice to serve this one-pan dinner over couscous so that it catches all the sauce, the chickpeas make it hearty enough that it doesn't really need it.

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5. Thai Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry

Forget the temptation to just order takeout and whip up something that tastes even better just as quickly. Fish sauce and oyster sauce join forces to ensure this stir-fry is seriously umami-rich.

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6. Honey Mustard Chicken Tender Salad

Lean on store-bought chicken tenders and this light yet satisfying dinner comes together in just a matter of minutes.

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7. Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom Chicken

Think of this skillet dinner as tastier, more homemade version of classic cream of mushroom chicken. The recipe calls for either half-and-half or whole milk, depending on how rich and creamy you'd like things.

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8. Chicken Caesar Pizza

If you don't happen to have leftover cooked chicken on hand, pick up a rotisserie chicken or cubed chicken from the salad bar at the grocery store to make this crowd-pleasing pizza.

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9. One-Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken & Rice

Using Cajun or Creole seasoning — which contains paprika, garlic, black pepper, cayenne, and sometimes oregano and thyme — alleviates the need for you to search through your spice drawer.

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10. Sheet Pan Chicken with Red Potatoes and Sage

This easy sheet pan dinner is really a complete meal in one. (Although that doesn't mean you can't toss together a simple green salad while everything roasts to add something fresh to the table!)

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